So I did indeed attend the NASFiC in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. And what, you may ask, is a NASFiC? Well, when the World Science Fiction Convention is held outside of North America (it’s in Australia this year), a North American Science Fiction Convention rises up to take its place. I’ve never been to a WorldCon or a NASFiC before, and this one just up the road, a nice few hours’ drive from Athens, seemed like as good a place as any to start.
I had a fantastic time, although I confess I didn’t see too much of the actual convention. I saw my friend and fellow Odyssey grad Matt Rotundo do a really good reading, and I did my panels. Our moderator didn’t show up for “Evil in Print vs. Evil on Screen” late Friday afternoon, which was kind of an unpleasant development for me as I couldn’t imagine what direction the panel was going to go in and turned up completely unprepared and hoping the moderator would guide the discussion. Lucky for me, my fellow panelists Heather Urbanski and Shane Tourtellotte were both erudite and articulate and I hope we got through it without it turning into one of those panels. Saturday night’s panel on writing characters based on real people had failed to designate a moderator and I showed up late, but Walter Hunt had stepped bravely into the breach and guided the discussion in a productive direction. Well, I thought it was productive, and hopefully the audience did too.
So, potential disasters averted.
The rest of the time I was running around and talking a lot and meeting new people and enjoying some of the awesome used bookstores and great food Raleigh has to offer (I’ve cried myself to sleep the last two nights over the thought that Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is six hours away from me) and helping with the London in 2014 Worldcon bid parties meet-and-greets (you really should sign up for a supporting membership because they make videos like this and throw kickass parties meet-and-greets and are gonna roll out one of the best cons ever). I picked up a copy of local (Durham) fiction mag Bull Spec, a promising new publication, not least of which because they are looking to TTA Press as one model for producing gorgeous, quality magazines. And speaking of TTA Press, I also did a video interview with Pete Bullock of Transmissions from Beyond and y’all, I am camera shy as it is and now I’m gonna be preserved on the internet on video no less, saying god knows what, but I shall dutifully inform you all when it is posted all the same, and probably go into hiding shortly after. A podcast of one of my TTA Press-published stories is also forthcoming. Again, details to come.
Came home tired and happy and now have loads of work to catch up on and an overflowing email inbox (not to mention a mound of laundry), so it’s back to what passes for normal life around here. Perhaps I’ll even get the hang of updating this blog on a semi-regular basis.